Gombe Governor mourns Channels TV reporter, Vincent Danture.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has recieved with sadness the death of Channels Television correspondent in Gombe, Mr. Vincent Danture, who died today.

Vincent died in the early hours of today, Wednesday, 19th February, 2020 at the National Hospital, Abuja preparatory to his departure to an Indian Hospital for treatment.

Vincent, 39, is survived by his wife, two children and aged mother, among other relatives.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya, in a condolence message, described the death of the Channels Television reporter as a huge loss not only to his immediate family but to journalism profession, the state and the nation at large

He noted that Vincent was a core professional, hardworking and dedicated journalist, who contributed immensely in projecting the programmes and policies of Gombe state through balanced reporting.

Th Governor urged his family to take solace in the fact that their son, as an active member of the esteemed journalism profession, lived an exemplary life among his contemporaries and conducted himself with utmost professionalism and dignity while carrying out his assignment.

He expressed the deep condolences of the Government and people of Gombe state to the family of the deceased, Management and staff of Channels Television, as well as the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ where Mr. Danture once served as the Gombe state Council Secretary, assuring the grieving family of Government support.

He prayed God to grant the departed soul eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.

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Gombe Governor mourns Channels TV reporter, Vincent Danture.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has recieved with sadness the death of Channels Television correspondent in Gombe, Mr. Vincent Danture, who died today.

Vincent died in the early hours of today, Wednesday, 19th February, 2020 at the National Hospital Abuja preparatory to his departure to an Indian Hospital for treatment.

Vincent, 39, is survived by his wife, two children and aged mother, among other relatives.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya, in a condolence message, described the death of the Channels Television reporter as a huge loss not only to his immediate family but to journalism profession, the state and the nation at large

He noted that Vincent was a core professional, hardworking and dedicated journalist, who contributed immensely in projecting the programmes and policies of Gombe state through balanced reporting.

Th Governor urged his family to take solace in the fact that their son, as an active member of the esteemed journalism profession, lived an exemplary life among his contemporaries and conducted himself with utmost professionalism while carrying out his assignment.

He expressed the deep condolences of the people and Government of Gombe state to the family of the deceased, Management and staff of Channels Television, as well the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ where Mr. Danture once served as the Gombe state Council Secretary, assuring the grieving family of Government support.

He prayed God to grant the departed soul eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

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Gombe SSG bagged traditional for service to humanity.

In recognition of his service to humanity and socio economic development of Dadiya chiefdom, the Folo Dadiya Alh.Abdulkadiri Abubakar Galadima III has confered on the Secretary to the State Gombe Government Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi the Title of KAIGAMAN DADIYA.

In a letter signed by the paramount ruler of Dadiya Chiefdom and President Dadiya Traditional Council,reads in part;” I am Please to inform you that the Dadiya traditional Council has confered on you the traditional title of Kaigaman Dadiya of Dadiya chiefdom.

The letter further added that the title follows the immense Contribution of Prof. Njodi to the socio economic upliftment of the Dadiya Chiefdom.

The Wazirin Dadiya, Alhaji Umaru Lamuwa who made the presentation unbehalf of the Folo Dadiya congratulated the SSG and to wish him well in the task ahead of him.

Responding, the Secretary to the Gombe state government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi expressed happiness over the honour done to him. He said he will soon visit the Palace of the Folo Dadiya to pay homage and to identify with the Chiefdom.

The presentation of the letter of honour to the Secretary to the State Government was witnessed by the Head of Civil Service,Alh.Bappayo Yahaya, the Director General Bureau for Public Service Reforms, Yusuf Daudu Kaltungo and the Deputy Chief of staff Gombe South.

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100 computers for 100 million, Gombe Government describes report as fake news

The attention of the Gombe State Government has been drawn to an online publication by the Punch Newspaper, which claimed that the state government has procured 100 units of computers at the sum of N100 million under its 2019 Budget.

The online publication, which was also carried by some media outlets perceived to be credible in the eyes of unsuspecting public, further claimed that the 100 computer sets have since been delivered.

The said publications based their information on a tweet by TrackaNG, a project said to be initiated by BudgIT, which says it tracks the performance of government budgets.

TrackaNG was said to have posted photographs of the computer sets on its official Twitter handle with the text: “N100m was allocated in the 2019 budget for the supply of 100 computers in Filiya, Gombe State. We tracked, and report that the computers have been delivered. #GetInvolved.”

No where did TrackaNG mention Gombe State Government in the published report, but one wonders how an acclaimed credible media outfit like the Punch mischievously attributed it to the Government of Gombe State.

The newspaper would have saved itself the embarrassment that it now subjected itself to, with the misleading headline and story if it had carried out some checks with little efforts to find out the facts of the matter.

We wish to advise Punch and all media houses to be circumspect, painstaking and diligent in publishing stories in an attempt to rush to press and mesmerize their readers.

It is on this note that the Gombe State Government demands an immediate retraction of the story published by the Punch, which was shared by other media outlets on their websites on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 and an apology for vilifying the Gombe State Government for not just cause. This retraction should be given the same prominence as the said Fake news in the various publication outlets.

For the records, the Gombe State Government wishes to tell Nigerians that it has no provision for the purchase of school computers in its 2019 Budget.

It should be noted that all the budgets of Gombe State are published on our website, http://www.mof.gm.gov.ng, including the said 2019 budget, which was already being implemented before the coming of the present administration on May 29, last year.

The Gombe State Government wishes to once again state that there is nothing like the provision of desktop computers in its budget or their procurement. All information about Gombe State budgets are adequately captured and provided in its above-mentioned website.

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Gombe to host North East regional office of VOA.

The Voice of America, VOA is to set up its North east regional reporting centre in Gombe.

This was disclosed by the Chief of Hausa service of the VOA, Aliyu Mustapha Sokoto during a courtesy visit to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya at the Government House, Gombe.

Aliyu Mustapha Sokoto, who is in Gombe to inspect some buildings to house the complex, told the Governor that the regional reporting centre, when established will serve as Northeast hub for VOA’s integrated newscasts, magazine shows, diverse stringer reports, exclusive interviews, call-in shows with prominent leaders, panel/round table discussions among others.

He commended Governor Yahaya for his disposition and show of interest towards the establishment of the international radio station’s office in Gombe.

In his remarks, Governor Yahaya thanked the head of VOA Hausa service for choosing Gombe to serve as their regional hub, assuring them of Government’s cooperation to ensure its realization and success.

He said Gombe state is willing to partner with the VOA and any other media outfit in the quest to inform, educate and enlighten the public with a view to entrenching good governance through mass media.

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Gombe to host North East regional office of VOA.

As Governor Inuwa welcomes development.

This was disclosed by the Chief of Hausa service of the VOA, Aliyu Mustapha Sokoto during a courtesy visit to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya at the Government House, Gombe.

Aliyu Mustapha Sokoto, who is in Gombe to inspect some buildings to house the complex, told the Governor that the regional reporting centre, when established will serve as Northeast hub for VOA’s integrated newscasts, magazine shows, diverse stringer reports, exclusive interviews, call-in shows with prominent leaders, panel/round table discussions among others.

He commended Governor Yahaya for his disposition and show of interest towards the establishment of the international radio station’s office in Gombe.

In his remarks, Governor Yahaya thanked the head of VOA Hausa service for choosing Gombe to serve as their regional hub, assuring them of Government’s cooperation to ensure its realization and success.

He said Gombe state is willing to partner with the VOA and any other media outfit in the quest to inform, educate and enlighten the public with a view to entrenching good governance through mass media.

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Gombe to host North East regional office of VOA.

As Governor Inuwa welcomes development.

This was disclosed by the Chief of Hausa service of the VOA, Aliyu Mustapha Sokoto during a courtesy visit to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya at the Government House, Gombe.

Aliyu Mustapha Sokoto, who is in Gombe to inspect some buildings to house the complex, told the Governor that the regional reporting centre, when established will serve as Northeast hub for VOA’s integrated newscasts, magazine shows, diverse stringer reports, exclusive interviews, call-in shows with prominent leaders, panel/round table discussions among others.

He commended Governor Yahaya for his disposition and show of interest towards the establishment of the international radio station’s office in Gombe.

In his remarks, Governor Yahaya thanked the head of VOA Hausa service for choosing Gombe to serve as their regional hub, assuring them of Government’s cooperation to ensure its realization and success.

He said Gombe state is willing to partner with the VOA and any other media outfit in the quest to inform, educate and enlighten the public with a view to entrenching good governance through mass media.

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Governor Inuwa leads youths in anti corruption walk

vows to entrench good governance, stamp out corruption in the state.

Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya today led an anti corruption walk to further demonstrate his commitment towards entrenching good governance and fighting illicit financial flow in the state.

Tagged “Nigerian Youths Walk Against Corruption”, the rally was organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development and the National Youths Service Corps and was staged simultaneously nationwide with the aim of enlisting public support in the anti corruption campaign.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya, alongside his cabinet members, joined officials of EFCC, NYSC, Nigerian Students’ Union and many civil society groups in the nearly 4 km long walk across the major streets of Gombe metropolis.

The Governor, led the walk to further identify with and compliment President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort in the fight against financial crimes in Nigeria.

Addressing the people that joined him in the rally, Governor Inuwa Yahaya stressed the need for the formation of a formidable force and united front by all relevant bodies and stakeholders to ensure that corruption is eliminated in all its ramifications, saying “we must take this from our own frontlines and extend the frontier to cover all other areas of human endeavours “.

He said before the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, people were allowed to perpetuate corruption without recourse to the socio-economic well being of the people, notinhig that such impunity has now been curtailed to a large extent as Nigerians can now attest to the President’s determination to take the corruption fight to the end.

Governor Yahaya remarked that “As we all know, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is committed to fighting the monster and is leading the campaign in all fronts, likewise down the ladder here in the state, we are doing everything necessary and possible within our constitutional mandate to compliment the Federal Government’s effort in that direction”.

“That is why I and my cabinet members today physically joined this campaign with a view to encouraging our youths and to make the position of Gombe state government clear in this struggle”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya who recalled with nostalgia the good days in the early 80s, when Nigeria was a beacon of accountability and transparency, when up to four vacancies were available for graduates to choose from upon completing their studies and and service years.

He noted that Nigeria has the capacity to accomodate all Nigerian youths in securing means of livelihood for them, but lamented that economic saboteurs across public and private sectors of the economy changed the narrative the negative way, shattering the dreams of numerous Nigerian youths from realizing their goals.

The Governor called on Nigerian youths not to relent in pursuing their dreams against all odds, adding that their critical role in fighting corruption will significantly help in restoring sanity and transparency in governance at all levels.

Earlier in their separate remarks, the North East Zonal Coordinator of EFCC, State NYSC Coordinator and the representative of the Students Union Council lauded Governor Yahaya for the morale booster and his avowed stance against corruption.

The NYSC State Coordinator, David Markson thanked Governor Inuwa Yahaya for leading the walk, describing the Governor’s physical presence at the event as an encouragement to the younger generation.

On his part, the Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Michael Wetkass, who applauded Governor Yahaya, said if people in position of authority can lead the fight against corruption then there is hope for Nigeria.

Wetkass who stood in the for the Acting Chairman of the Commission Ibrahim Magu, appealed to all Nigerians to support the crusade against corruption, adding that a corrupt-free society offers multiple job opportunities for its teeming youths.

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Gombe SSG says Government, committed to economic diversification.

The secretary to the Gombe state government Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi says the present administration of Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya is committed to economic diversification.

Prof. Ibrahim Njodi who stated this while playing host to a delegation from the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission says Gombe State will continue to work in partnership with the Commission to explore areas of mutual benefit.

He said the economic growth plan of Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya is premise on opening up the state for potential investment, encourage local manufacturers and boost the agricultural sector through the enhancement of its value chain.

The Gombe State SSG thanked the Commission for coming to partner the state in her drive to diversify the economy for the overall benefit of the people of the state.

Speaking earlier, the Director Mobilization and Diversification Ahmed Maikano said Gombe state has all it takes to be self reliance.

Maikano said after visiting some places of economic interest to the state, he has no doubt that the state is well on course to be one of the economically viable state in the country.

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Gombe Governor Inaugurates on Taskforce Immunization, Steering Committee on Basic Health Care Provision Fund

Governor Muhammdu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has inaugurated a Taskforce on Immunization and a Steering Committee on Basic Health Care Provision Fund, BHCPF.

Performing the ceremony at the council chamber of the Government House, Governor Inuwa Yahaya said the inauguration further demonstrates his administration’s commitment to improving the well-being of the state through the provision of better healthcare services.

He said the Taskforce on Immunization was constituted in order to ensure that children are immunized against preventable diseases associated with infant mortality.

The terms of reference for the Taskforce include: To ensure effective leadership and coordination of all immunization activities in the state and to monitor the effectiveness of the Immunization Plus Days in the state.

The Taskforce is also to prepare and review state plan for the intensification of polio eradication and routine immunization activities required to sustain interruption of wild polio virus transmission.

On the Steering Committee on Basic Health Care Provision Fund, Governor Yahaya said the setting up of the committee is aimed at ensuring adequate and sustainable funding that will be efficiently used to provide quality health service, particularly to the most vulnerable members of the society.

The terms of reference for the committee on Basic Health Care Provision Fund include: To liase with Federal Agencies such as the Federal Ministry of Health and National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to facilitate the enrollment of Gombe State among the beneficiaries of the BHCPF.

The committee is also expected to provide cross functional leadership and to ensure program visibility as well as to review and approve annual work plan and budget of the state implementation agencies.

While the taskforce on immunization is chaired by the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, the committee on Basic Health Care Provision Fund is to be headed by the Hon. Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Gana.

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